In an attempt to carve out a careful position on U.S. intervention in Syria, Senator Marco Rubio said:
“Military action, taken simply to save face, is not a wise use of force. My advice is to either lay out a comprehensive plan using all of the tools at our disposal that stands a reasonable chance of allowing the moderate opposition to remove Assad and replace him with a stable secular government. Or, at this point, simply focus our resources on helping our allies in the region protect themselves from the threat they and we will increasingly face from an unstable Syria.”
This is different from Senator Cruz who said he doesn’t want the U.S. to be the world’s policemen or Rand Paul who opposes the intervention.
Politically, Rubio has to take a more nuanced position because he knows he is never going to out isolationist Paul or Cruz so politically it makes more sense to try to keep his options open. He may not be the neo-cons darling right now but at some point he may be the best person from their view to stop Paul or Cruz from getting the nomination. In which case the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
One thing is for sure, no matter what Rubio will criticize what Obama does saying either Obama is not doing enough or is doing too much, depending which way the political wind seems to be blowing in the party.